Nillahcootie Wine Estate
Nillahcootie Estate

Welcome to Nillahcootie Estate located in north east Victoria on the Midland Highway between Mansfield and Benalla. Combining a grape and cattle producing property with cellar door. Nillahcootie Estate has established a reputation for producing premium wines at affordable prices.

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With the first 3 acres of vines planted on the property in 1988, Nillahcootie Estate now has 18 acres under vine. Varieties include shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, semillion and small patch of chardonnay. The cool climate and close proximity to Lake Nillahcootie, allows the production of premium wines.

Lake Nillahcootie is the centerpiece of the valley, providing a playground for all lovers of water sports, including waterskiing, fishing and sailing. Located 200km's north of Melbourne, Nillahcootie Estate is the perfect place to get away, relax and enjoy one of the finest views north east Victoria has to offer.

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Wines

Nillahcootie Estate Wines Nillahcootie Estate Shiraz 2005 The Estate has a five acre block of Shiraz located on fertile soils above the Broken River. The vine canopy is carefully managed to ensure the fruit is exposed to adequate light. The grapes are hand-picked when the sugars are high and the flavour is intense. Our 2005 vintage has been aged for 24 months in American oak and boasts a dark crimson colour, offering spicy characteristics with a hint of oak vanillin. Forest berries, along some anise progress to a smooth palate to finish. Will cellar to 10 years. Alcohol 14.9% - 8.5 Standard Drinks.

Maggies Paddock Cabernet Merlot 2005 Blend 65% Cabernet 35% Merlot. In 1988, Maggies Paddock was planted specifically to produce premium grapes for the Estate's Merlot Cabernet Blend. Each year the grapes are hand picked at the time when ripening has peaked, giving the winery plenty of quality to work with. Successive vintages have seen an enhancement of fruit quality to the point where our aim of producing a balanced blended wine with warm berry flavours. and soft acidity has been achieved. This vintage exhibits good fresh reds in colour, complex varietal fruits which display hints of mint, blackberry and toasty oak. A rich and fruity pallet with soft tannins and good length. Aged for 24 months in French Oak. Alcohol 13.5% - 8.0 Standard Drinks.

Nillahcootie Estate Shiraz Cabernet Merlot 2004 This premium blend from our 2004 vintage has been aged for 24 months in both French and American oak. Deep crimson in colour, this blend displays complex aromas which include hints of chocolate, black forest cake and smoky mocha oak. It has a rich rounded pallet with soft tannins and good length. Age for up to 10 years.

Nillahcootie Estate Merlot 2005 Our premium Merlot grapes continue to produce an excellent soft wine. A vibrant soft plum in colour leads to flavours of summer berries, with soft tannins . Aged for 24 months in French Oak and is ready to drink now. 13.4% Alcohol. 8 std drinks.
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Vineyard

Nillahcootie Estate Vineyards Nillahcootie Estate vineyards are located at the northern end of Lake Nillahcootie in the Upper Broken River Valley. The first vines were planted on the property in 1988 in a small three acre block known as Maggies Paddock. The most recent plantings were in 2001. The vineyards comprise shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, merlot and chardonnay varieties, covering an area of 18 acres. The total row length of the vineyard is 19.5 kms!

The vines are hand (spur) pruned during the period July to early September to remove the canes from the previous season. Bud-burst typically occurs in late September to early October and the new canes begin to develop. The canes grow at a rapid rate (up to an inch per day), with the early stages of inflorescence normally occurring in November. Flowering commences around December and two bunches of fruit are formed on each cane.

Harvest normally occurs in early April when the fruit has fully ripened and sugar levels are optimal. Cropping levels range from 2.5 to 3.5 tonnes per acre, depending upon the variety. At full production the vineyards produce approximately 50 tonnes of grapes. Picking is undertaken by hand to minimize the need for sulphur, which often must be added to mechanically harvested fruit to prevent the onset of fermentation by naturally occurring yeasts. The fruit is loaded into 500kg picking bins and transported as quickly as practicable to the winery for crushing.

The climate is cool to warm, with average July temperatures of 12.80C increasing to 31.00C in January, with rainfall averaging 960mm per year. The property has a 30ML water right which provides ample water for irrigation through the hot summer growing period.

The close proximity of the vineyards to Lake Nillahcootie (a 40,000 ML reservoir) reduces the incidence of frost and the risk of damage during the early stages of growth. Furthermore, being located in a valley orientated north/south, the vineyards experience consistent airflows which substantially reduce the incidence of fungal disease. This aids management practices which aim to minimize the use of chemicals during the growing season.



Contact Us

Mobile: 0419 377 336 Email: info@nillahcootieestate.com.au .